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In the 1940's, my mother purchased a large (20" x 18")ink drawing (white ink on black paper) of an elderly chinese? man.  He's wearing a cap, has a long pigtail (I think it's called a queue?) and is smoking a pipe.  The drawing is signed "Mar Mar".  I'm curious if this is a known/listed artist and how I might determine its value.  Thank you.

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Bill--unfortunately, there is no compendium of all known listed artists, only the top ones of the day often shown in some publications.  Certainly nothing from 60 years ago in China, which is a shame, but the truth of the matter.  I have books of many great artists and access to auction records of those sold internationally and can find no reference to "MarMar."  That does not mean he was not a top artist of his time, only is not in vogue now.  You could offer the piece to an auction house and if he is a sellable known name, they would tell you and estimate value, if you were to offer to sell it through them.  Good luck.  Alan.

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Alan Klevit

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I can provide sound advice on buying, collecting & understanding fine art, especially original works by 20th century masters and leading contemporary artists. I can also explain techniques used to create original works and offer tips on how to tell whether or not a piece is an original work of art.

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I have been active in the art world for twenty-seven years. I owned and operated four galleries and a wholesale showroom on both coasts. We specialized in original works by 20th century masters and emerging artists. I have been an art consultant, artist's representative, lecturer, auctioneer, and curator. I had a radio show for two years, "Today's Art World with Alan Klevit" [Washington, D.C.]; hosted two television shows on the arts for six years [Los Angeles Area]; have written for numerous local papers and international art magazines; and currently write a syndicated column, "The Art Beat." I conduct art auctions for charities throughout the United States, and am a frequent speaker/auctioneer on upscale cruise ships, and at civic organizations and local television shows.







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ART NEWS, ART IN AMERICA, FORECAST MAGAZINE, MALIBU MAGAZINE, PANTARBE.COM, MALIBU CHRONICLE, POTOMAC ALMANAC, GAITHERSBURG GAZETTE, ART DECOR, REGARDIES MAGAZINE.

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Undergraduate and graduate degrees from Georgetown University and The American University

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